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Dogmatic
dictatorial in one's opinion
Attenuate
to reduce in force or degree, to weaken
The Bill of Rights attenuated teh traditional power of the gov. to change laws at will.
Assuage
to make something unpleasant, less severe
Serena used aspirin to assuage her pounding headache.
Articulate
able to speak clearly and expressively
Ardor
intense and passionate feeling
The bishop's ardor for landscapes was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the Hudson Valley.
Archaic
ancient, old-fashioned
Arbitrate
to judge dispute between two opposing parties
Apathy
lack of interest or emotion
Antipathy
extreme dislike
The antipathy between the French and the English regularly erupted into warfare.
Antagonize
to annoy or provoke to anger
Anomaly
deviation from what is normal
Analogous
similar or alike, in some way equivalent to
In a famous argument for the existence of God, the universe is analogous to a mechanical time piece the creation of a divinely intelligent "clockmaker."
Anachronism
something out of place in time
The aged hippies used anachronistic phrases like groovy and far out that had not been popular in years
Ameliorate
to make better, improve
The doctor was able to ameliorate the patient's suffering using painkillers.
Amalgamate
to combine, to mix together
Giant Industries amalgamated with Mega Products to form Ginat Mega Products, Inc.
Alleviate
to make more bearable
Taking aspirin helps to alleviate a headache.
Aggrandize
to increase in power, influence and reputation
The supervisor sought to aggrandize himself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own.
Aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty
Followers of the aesthetic movement regarded the pursuit of beauty as the only true purpose of art.
Advocate
to speak in favor
Adulterate
to make impure
He adulterated the conversation by talking down to a colleague.
Abyss
an extremely deep hole
The sub dove into the abyss to chart the previously unseen depths.
Abstain
to chose not to do something
Abscond
to leave secretly
He absconded from the party with a bottle of homemade beer.
Abate
to reduce in amount, degree or severity
As the hurrican'es force abated teh winds dropped and the sea became calm.
Banal
predictable, cliched, boring
He used banal phrases like have a nice day or another day, another dollar.
Austere
severe or stern in apprearance
The lack of decoration amakes Zen temples seem austere to the untrained eye.
Audacious
fearless and daring
Her audacious nature allowed her to fulfill her dream of sky diving.
Bolster
to support to prop up
The presence of giant footsteps bolstered teh argument that Sadquatch was in the area.
Bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
The dictator's speeches were mostly bombastic; his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.
Cacophony
harsh jarring noise
The junior high orchestra crated an almost and unbearable cacophony as they tried to tune their instruments.
Candid
impartial and honest in speech
The observations of a child can be charming since they are candid and unpretensious
Capricious
changing one's mind quickly and often
Castigate
to punish or criticize harshly
Catalyst
something that brings about a change in something else
Caustic
biting in wit
Chaos
great disorder or confusion
Chauvinist
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
Chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
Cogent
convincing and well reasoned
Condone
to overlook, pardon or disregard
Convoluted
intricate and complicated
Corroborate
to provide supporting evidence
Credulous
too trusting, gullible
Cresendo
steadily increasing volume or force
Decorum
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
Deference
respect, courtesy
Deride
to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
Desiccate
to dry out throughly
Desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
Diatribe
anabusive, condemnatory speech
Diffident
lacking self-confidence
Dilate
to make larger, expand
Dilatory
intended to delay
Dilettante
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
Dirage
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
Disabuse
to set right, free from error
Discern
to perceive, to recognize
Disparate
fundamentally different; entirely unlike
Dissemble
to present a false apprearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character
Dissonance
a harsh and disagreeable combination often of sounds
Dogma
a firmly held opinion often a religious belief
Dogmatic
dictorial in one's opinion
Dupe
to deceive; a person who is easily deceived
Eclectic
selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
Efficacey
effectivemenss
The efficacey of penicillin was unsurpassed when it was first introduced.
Elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech
Eloquent
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
Emulate
to copy ; to try to equal or excel
Enervate
to reduce in strength
The guerrillas hoped that a serices of surprise attacks would enervate the regular army.
Engender
to produce, cause or bring about
Enigma
a puzzle, a mystery
Enumerate
to count, list or itemize
Ephemeral
lasting a short time
The lives of mayflies seem ephemeral to us, since the flies average life span is a matter of hours.
Equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning order to mislead
When faced with criticism of his policies, the politician equivocated and left all parties thinking he agreed with them.
Erratic
wandering and unpredictable
Erudite
learned, scholarly, bookish
Esoteric
known or understood by only a few
Estimable
admirable
Eulogy
speech in praise of someone
Euphemism
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
Exacerbate
to make worse
Exculpate
to clear from blame; prove innocent
Exigent
urgent, requiring immediate action
Exonerate
to clear of blame
Explicit
clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression
Fanatical
acting excessibely enthusiastic filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion
Fawn
to grovel
Fervid
intensely emotional; feverish
Florid
excessivley decorated or embellished
Foment
to arouse or incite
Frugality
a tendency to be thrifty or cheap
Garrulous
tending to talk a lot
Gregarious
outgoing, socialbe
Guile
deceit or trickery
Gullible
easily deceived
Homogenous
of a similar kind
Iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, custome and institutions